The United Nations in Brussels
Working together for People, Planet, Prosperity and Peace
The United Nations
The United Nations team in Brussels brings together 27 agencies, funds and programmes, including UNICEF. They are collectively responsible for the development, humanitarian and human rights work of the UN. The Director of the UN Office in Brussels is the representative of the UN Secretary-General to the European Union institutions. The team works to build understanding and support for UN activities within the EU institutions and amongst the wider public in Europe.
Under this collaborative framework, the UNICEF Office for Relations with EU institutions in Brussels works with European Union institutions to effectively and strategically cooperate in achieving meaningful and long-lasting impact for children.
The UN - EU Partnership
The European Union (EU) has been a long-standing supporter and strategic partner of the United Nations. Together, we respond to global crises, threats and challenges which cannot be addressed by individual nations acting alone, and which require cooperation and coordination based on universal values and rules.
Over the years, our collaboration has benefited millions of children around the world, saved lives in times of crisis, ensured access to health and education and addressed the impacts of climate change.
The significant results and progress achieved to date are evidence of the European Union’s ongoing commitment to living up to its responsibilities as the leading global player in development.
The EU is one of the world’s largest public stakeholders in the areas of development and emergencies. Furthermore, the EU and its Member States are the largest financial donors to the UN system. They provide almost one quarter of all financial contributions to the UN’s funds and programmes, whilst the EU Member States also provide almost one third of the UN’s regular budget.
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Achieving equality for all, together
The United Nations and the European Union collective focus is now on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
As the international community now scales up its efforts to implement the SDGs, the United Nations family strongly values the EU’s commitment to the United Nations Charter and the three pillars of the organization’s work — peace and security, human rights and development.
Together, we can achieve a safer, more equitable and sustainable future for this and future generations.